Last Chance Call For Papers: Blogging issue of "The Reference Librarian"

I will be editing an upcoming issue of "The Reference Librarian" that will focus on weblogs. The issue will cover all aspects of blogging, and how it can be applied to librarianship. Deadline for final submissions will be this fall, but I need your proposal ASAP!

I'd love hearing from foreign and non-traditional libraries and librarians. At some level papers should relate to libraries, whether directly or indirectly. This is a peer-reviewed scholarly (aka no pay) journal put out by Haworth Press.

Possible proposal topics include, but are not limited to:

"how we do it here" stories about starting or assessing blogs at your library
Opinions or evaluations of blogging services
Interviews with prominent or compelling people in the blogosphere
Use in public/academic/special library settings
Standards, markup and metadata
Emerging Technologies
Preservation of blog entries
Design and management
How do blogs fit into librarianship
Influence Search engines
Information architecture
Wireless and/or moblogging technologies
Use in distance learning
Philosophies of blogging and librarianship
Use for remote patrons
Open source software
Law as applied to blogs
Experiences with technology for cooperative work

Please send me a brief note of intent with an informal abstract, and we can discuss your ideas.

More information on "The Reference Librarian" can be found at

David Rothman to be featured guest on ebook worm show

Lori Bell writes "On Thursday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m. central, Tom Peters of TAP Information Services will host the first ebookworm online show of 2004. The featured guest is Library and e-book advocate David Rothman, author of NetWorld, The Silicon Jungle and other books. He runs, devoted to the cause of well-stocked national digital libraries in the States and elsewhere. To attend the program, go to
type your name, no password is needed and click enter.

Librarian's Book Club Selects Reading for January-

Bibliofuture writes "A Splendor of Letters by Nicholas Basbanes is the January-February selection. A few of the items that Basbanes discusses are what libraries should discard, whether books have a "read by" date like milk has a "sell by date". A discussion about Nicholas Baker and Double Fold and an interview with a Sarajevo librarian who saved thousands of Croatian volumes from the Serbian ethnic cleansing campaign.

Additional details about the book can be found at"


"Some days I love working the reference desk, some days I hate it, and it's often the same day."

Inspired by the original Ref Grunt, is an open, community weblog devoted to "refgrunting." is a place to blow off steam, share a story, and make us laugh. At this point anyone can grab a account and post to the site.

The National Coalition Against Censorship recently re-launched The File Room

Michael Horun writes: "The File Room, a catalogued web-based interactive archive of censorship cases, has recently been re-launched by the National Coalition Against Censorship as a major up-to-the-minute information resource on worldwide attempts to suppress expression. Open to submissions by organizations and individuals locally, nationally, and internationally, The File Room, is becoming one of the foremost resources on censorship in the world.
The project was initiated by Antonio Muntadas, a Spanish artist living in New York, and was originally produced in 1994 by the Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago with the support of the School of Art and Design and the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As planned, it then continued its existence on the Internet as an open submission archive. Currently, The File Room is hosted and maintained by the Arts Advocacy Project at the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC)."

PUBLIB: 5,000 of Your Closest Friends

K.G. Schneider writes: "PUBLIB, established in 1992, is one of the oldest and largest independent
library-related discussion lists. PUBLIB's members include public librarians
from all over the world, library students, vendors, trustees, volunteers,
members of the library press, and others interested in public librarianship.

PUBLIB, managed by volunteers Karen Schneider and Sara Weissman, is read
directly by over 5,000 subscribers, and indirectly by many more. The focus
of PUBLIB is public librarianship. The list is collegial, the discussions
high-quality, and traffic is manageable, averaging several posts per day
(sometimes more when a "hot topic" emerges). PUBLIB's publicly-accessible
archives provide a valuable first stop for questions about public library
services and management.

To subscribe to PUBLIB, browse its archives (back to 1995), or find out more
about this venerable institution, go to:

The Electric Review: reviews of new books and records

JOHN AIELLO writes "I have recently launched an on-line magazine (THE ELECTRIC REVIEW-- which is an electronic broadside dedicated to the review of new books and records. It is expanding by the month, with traffic averaging between 1,500 and 2,000 hits per day for new issues.

The magazine reviews both general titles in myriad genres, as well as reference books in the law and medicine fields. I believe these reviews are especially of value to the student population and to instructors. Reviews are written not so much in a "formula style" but rather in a manner meant to high-light the underlying themes of the material -- our goal is to make the reader excited about the possibilities these books hold.

Version 52, Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Charles W. Bailey, Jr. writes "Version 52 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 2,050 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet.

Dec 2003 LIScareer Articles

Priscilla Shontz writes "These articles were just published on

Brookover, Sophie. “Mentors: What Are They Good For?�
- [Mentoring] -;

Flores, Nadine M. The Agony and the Ecstasy: The
Misunderstandings of Commitment and Expectations of
Committee Leadership� – [Leadership] -;

December eBookworm show - Bill Harroff and Charlot

Lori Bell writes "Greetings!
December's online eBookworm show will be on Thursday,
December 18 from 3:00-4:00 P.M. Central time. Tom
Peters of TAP Information Services will host the show
and interview e-book experts Bill Harroff from
McKendree College and Charlotte Johnson from Southern
Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Both have given numerous presentations on e-books concentrating on avant-garde and interesting projects.

To participate, go to


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